Higher education will not ensure promotion, says TSC boss

Nancy Macharia
Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Thursday maintained that higher academic qualifications will not guarantee promotion.

CEO Nancy Macharia told the National Assembly’s Education Committee that promotion will be based on experience and work input and not extra academic qualifications.

Mrs Macharia said additional degrees will be considered only for those seeking administrative positions such as head teachers and deputies.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has been pushing for the promotion of teachers who have attained higher qualifications since 2014, arguing that more than 30,000 had attained degrees.

“We have teachers with diplomas, degrees, masters and doctorate degrees. A job evaluation report conducted by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission recommended that one is paid according to what job they are doing,” said Mrs Macharia.

Late last year, the TSC announced that primary head teachers and their deputies must have a degree in education.